Getting out of a bad streak!
Heh Chris, sorry its taken a while to get back to you. I’ve been hard at it, trying my luck at the tables. Here’s my advice.
Oh and David, who wrote to me way back, I hope you’ve found an online poker site, I mentioned Party Poker in a previous blog, it’s a great site. But do a search and whatever you do, stick with a reputable site.
Chris, it’s quite obvious that you’re in a bad streak, something all poker players have to deal with from time to time. A bad streak is a period when nothing hits, and if you manage to get a hand, an opponent always flips over a superior holding. You get the feeling that you can’t win, which is an unpleasant feeling for every poker player.
But how do you get out of this losing streak? First of all, you should NOT move up in limits. That solution to this common problem has devastated many bankrolls in the past and chances are that the same thing will happen to yours, if you decide to “win back what you’ve lost”. When you lose a lot, you move down, not up!
Moving up in limits to “try to get rid of them (bad players)” doesn’t make any sense when you think about it. You are frustrated because you always push with the best hand and some donkey always draws out. If you play with higher stakes, that won’t happen that often. But that’s only because the people at, say, $2/$4 are better poker players.
Who do you want to play against? Good or bad players? I know for sure that I would choose those who make bad calls all the time. Sure, you’ll get sucked out on more often against inferior players, but in the long run you will win.
It’s hard to say what you should do with your strategy since I really don’t know how you play. But in general, when trying to get out of a down streak, you should play a tight game (which I think you do) and be quite aggressive. If people wish to draw against your good hand, make sure they have to pay for doing it.
…and lastly, don’t forget to analyze your game after every session. Maybe everything is not the opponents’ or the streak’s fault. Could you have played differently in any situation?
Good luck, I hope your luck turns!